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Whole Psychiatrists’ Stalk Physical Causes of Mental Problems

The year was 1983. “A woman came to me with a panic disorder,” recalls Robert J. Hedaya, MD, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School in Washington. “She was 55, had one child about to go off to college. Her situation seemed pretty straightforward — probably separation anxiety… Read More
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Anxiety Medication and Side Effects

Anxiety Medication and Side Effects Browse Health Topics The Whole Psychiatry and Brain Recovery Center approach recognizes that because all medications have side effects, and many people are on multiple medications (which often cause dangerous and even life threatening interactions) good medical practice dictates that we strive to avoid medication use, make it temporary or use the lowest effective dose. Achieving this goal is possible because the need for medication is lower when all bodily systems are harmonized, malfunctioning systems are corrected, and functioning optimally. Side effects of medication are very common, and vary with the type of medication. See
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Anxiety in Children

Anxiety in Children Browse Health Topics Children inherit certain temperaments (see Understanding Biological Psychiatry, Hedaya, 1996, pp 47-61). Those who are born with a ‘harm avoidant’ temperament (intense reaction to an aversive stimulus, inhibition of behavior in response to newness and change) are more prone to have anxiety, shyness, separation anxiety, school phobia, and even panic attacks. However, a number of environmental factors can play a very big role in causing a child develops an anxiety disorder. These factors include: The level of emotionality in the home (how angry, sad, upset are the parents likely to get in response to
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Causes of Anxiety Attacks

Causes of Anxiety Attacks Browse Health Topics Whole Psychiatry and Brain Recovery Center goes beyond traditional psychiatric approaches. Traditional psychiatry views the cause of an anxiety attack as due to an unconscious conflict, which is bubbling up into your conscious awareness. Since you don’t want to face the conflict (so the theory goes), you displace the fear onto something else. For example, lets say your father took you to the empire state building when you were 8 years old. At the time, you were unusually angry with, or very afraid of, your father for some reason-lets say he was drinking,
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Anxiety Attack Symptoms

Anxiety Attacks Browse Health Topics Anxiety attacks may be the result of a reaction to a specific situation, such as a phobia of public speaking (diagnosed as a “Specific Phobia”) or being in social situation (diagnosed as a “Social Phobia”), or the anxiety attacks may come unexpectedly, in which case they are more formally known as “Panic Disorder”. If you think your anxiety attack is triggered by a specific situation, then you, like most people avoid the situation and develop a phobia, such as avoiding elevators (claustrophobia), social gatherings (social phobia). If the anxiety attack comes on for no reason
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Anxiety Browse Health Topics Dr. Hedaya Discusses Anxiety from Whole Psychiatry and Brain Recovery Center on Vimeo. In the simplest sense anxiety is a state of tension, in which you are faced with a threat – real or imagined – which you are not certain you can overcome. Anxiety is a normal part of life, a reasonable reaction to a variety of situations. When anxiety becomes excessive, or prolonged and affects your health or your ability to function, or you begin to self medicate with drugs or alcohol, it can be defined as a “disorder”. Note that even in a
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